If you’ve been working out consistently, you’re probably familiar with how it feels to wake up some days with zero excitement or motivation to train. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone. And the feeling usually passes within the next day or two.
However, if you find that the tired, unmotivated, uninterested feeling sticks around, then it could be a sign that you are on your way to burning out. Here are three tips to prevent workout burnout:
1. Keep it fun.
While you may not enjoy every aspect of every workout you do, there should still be an overall feeling of fun in your workouts. If you find that you approach most of your workouts as something you “have” to do, then it might be worth it to reassess. Workouts don’t have to be a punishment. When you find the right activity, you’ll most likely find a group of supportive people who you have a lot in common with. These people are another element of your workouts that can infuse some fun into your hard work.
2. Be patient with getting results.
If you’re working toward a long-term fitness or performance goal, then you may need to remind yourself to be patient. Rather than expecting instant results, focus on what you can do each day to move closer to your goals. If you end up expecting an immediate change, you could end up frustrated with the process and yourself. These negative thoughts and feelings end up leading to burnout. Change your mindset and set realistic expectations around your workouts, your goals, and the amount of time needed to get results.
3. Make time for proper recovery.
When you’re working toward a specific fitness goal, making time for recovery is just as important as your workouts themselves. Without prioritizing recovery, your body (and your mind) never have a chance to rest and rebuild. As a result, you could be on your way to injury, overtraining, or burnout. A well-planned workout and training program incorporates the rest and recovery necessary to keep you moving toward your personal goals.
At Pinnacle Performance and Fitness, we focus on progress and not perfection. Our coaches will meet you where you are and will work with you so that you get to where you want to go. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.